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ServiceWait (Function)
In french: ServiceTemporise
Pauses the current service during the specified duration.
Remark: This function is ignored if it is not called in a Service application.
// -- Running the service (called in loop) --
// Main loop of the service
// Check the presence of files in the directory
sFileList is string
sFileList = fListFile("c:\temp\entry\*.*", frNotRecursive)
// If files have been included in the directory, they are processed by the service
IF sFileList <> "" THEN
// Wait during 10 seconds between two loops
<Wait>: Integer ou Duration
Timeout defined for the current thread of service (in hundredths of a second). This parameter can correspond to:
  • an integer corresponding to the number of hundredths of a second,
  • a Duration variable,
  • the duration in a readable format (e.g., 1 s or 10 ms).


  • A Service application runs the "Service execution" event in a loop. To avoid consuming the computer's processor resources, ServiceWait must be used at the end of this event.
  • Multitask, Wait or ThreadPause must not be used in a Service application.

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ServiceWait is required if the service code does not perform the timeout by itself.
The execution of ServiceWait is automatically ended if a request for stopping the service occurs.
Let's see a classification of types of services and the use cases of ServiceWait.
  • Category 1
    When ServiceWait is useless: when the service waits for an external request. For example:
    • a server for communicating by sockets that waits for a connection request (SocketWaitForConnection)
    • a service that waits for an external signal (EventWait)
    • a service waiting for an internal synchronization of threads.
    In these cases, ServiceWait has no effect. However, a specific stop code must be used to interrupt the wait.
    Remark: A standard service proposes services to the other processes: therefore, it is waiting for external "commands" and is in category 1 for which ServiceWait has no effect.
  • Category 2
    When ServiceWait is not very useful: checks in quick loops (one second). For example, checking the status of a database file one a regular basis.
    The service stays for less than one second in the timeout and ThreadPause is sufficient. In a stop is requested, this stop will be performed at the end of the loop, therefore after a wait of a few seconds.
  • Category 3
    When ServiceWait is very useful: checks spaced out in time. For example, processing a spool of files in a directory with directory checks every 5 minutes.
    Remark: In this case, a schedule task is recommended.
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